The six-foot, 180-pound goaltender will enter the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League with the Storm for at least the 2018-19 season.
Although having made that commitment, Samyn’s services may be needed elsewhere, as the 2000-born puck-stopper has garnered interest from a handful of Junior A teams within Canada.
After various pitches, the 18-year-old selected the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League as his Junior A team of choice. He will attend the Clippers’ training camp in late August. If selected for the team he will play in the BCHL, if not, the VIJHL’s Campbell River will gladly retain his services.
“Eric is a winner, plain and simple,” said Lee Stone, Head Coach and General Manager of the Storm. “He comes from a program with a pedigree of winning games when it matters most, which is a huge asset considering the goals of our program, year in and year out. Fish came out to camp in May and impressed our entire staff, both on and off the ice. We are very excited to welcome him to our Storm family.”
Samyn spent the past three seasons playing for the champion St. Paul’s Crusaders of the Winnipeg High School Hockey League, winning back-to-back-to-back provincial AAAA championships. He posted a 1.54 goals against average in three seasons of play, with his 1.13 GAA in 2017-18 being his best.